October 19, 2009

Tutorial: Easy No-Sew Flutter Cape With Armholes

I like to sew, but I'll be honest, I get excited when I see the words "No sew". And when I was trying to think of a design for this fleece and ribbon cape for my daughter, I thought it would be great if anyone could make it! So....

1) Cut out two pieces of fleece. One big enough to fit all the way around your child, with some flow-y room. And another piece that is about half the width, and 1 1/2 times the length of your first piece.
Mine were about 36x17", and 56x7", which makes about a 2T size.

2) Then lay your longer piece on top of the first piece, and make pleats until they are the same length.
3) At the top, cut slits every couple of inches that are about half the width of your ribbon, through all the layers, then weave your ribbon in and out of each hole.

4) Try the cape on your little one, and cut large slits at about elbow height for armholes.

5) Cut two tiny holes right next to each other for your ties. Do this for as many ties as you'd like, on both sides.
6) Cut a 7-8" length of ribbon for each set of holes. Thread them through each set of holes and tie, with knot facing inward.
And you're all done! Pretty easy!





Hope you're having a good day today!
-Dis

75 comments:

  1. I have to tell you, your blog has easily become one of my favorites! You are so inspiring!

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  2. I agree with Lauren! I just recently discovered your blog and I now look forward to it daily :)
    great capelet and soooo easy!

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  3. Ahhh!! Your daughter is so cute in all your brilliant creations! Great project!

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  4. Adorable! I'm going to make one for ME!

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  5. ADORABLE!!! (the precious model too!)
    Thanks so much for sharing!!!
    Blessings!
    Jill

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  6. Oh my gosh, totally adorable!!!

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  7. This is AWESOME! Thanks so much for sharing...I just might have to try this at home!

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  8. thats adorable and doable! i have to have one for my baby girl! Just popping over to see how you've been

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  9. Disney - I just found your blog through One Pretty Thing. I love your style. Such fresh ideas. And I love your name, too :)

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  10. That is very cool! I love its simplicity and fanciness all at the same time!

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  11. That's really cute. Of course, the model totally sells the look!

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  12. I'm new to your blog but love this idea. Dont have any kids yet but when I do I can't wait to try it!!

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  13. So stinkin' cute! I just love it! You are just so dang creative! And thank you for all your sweet comments on my blog. I love getting them! -Kelsee

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  14. I love the cape but most of all, you have the most cutest and most beautiful daughter all-in-one!!! And I KNOW, she is the best dressed on the block {:
    I can't tell you how much I appreciate all the tutorials, they make me real happy.
    I have something I made tonight and I thought of you as I was making it. I'll post it in the next day or two.

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  15. LOVE THIS!!!! Going to look for some fleece remnants tomorrow! THANKS!

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  16. wow you're so creative! love this!

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  17. YOu have got to be kidding!!! You can make something that cute and sophisticated without sewing! You are the queen!!! I am definitely featuring this one!!! You will get a lot of hits off this baby!!!

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  18. So cute!!! I love it! Chic and yet also has great Halloween potential (chic little red riding hood with re-useable cape anyone)?

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  19. Oh that is so cool! I am going to pass this one on to a friend or two!!! Your little model is just adorable too! I am stopping by from sits! hope your day is wonderful!!

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  20. A DOR A BLE!!!! I think I might even be able to do that :) I am not crafty at all. I'm going to pass this along.

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  21. Hello, i referred your creations on my blog.
    I hope you like it.
    Hello, Linda

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  22. that is the cutest coat ever. Thank you. I will have to make it.

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  23. Wow! So simple, yet so amazing! I love no sew projects, because I don't have a sewing machine at this point. Thanks for sharing!
    linda

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  24. Wow, You totally impress me!!! Just when you think it can not be any better... Love your blog!

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  25. I am lovin' it! This blog is kind of like sitting down with a friend and a cup of tea! I love your style!

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  26. This is SO cute! I don't even have a baby girl and I want to make this...So glad I have nieces for this kind of thing...Too fun!

    -Heather
    www.luckystarlane.blogspot.com

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  27. This is precious! Thanks for the tutorial.

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  28. This is absolutely brilliant!! I think I'll make one for my daughter's Halloween costume. She's dressing up as a kitty and we need something in case it turns off cold. Made out of leopard print, I think this will be just the thing.

    I posted a link to your tutorial on Craft Gossip Sewing:
    http://sewing.craftgossip.com/tutorial-no-sew-kids-flutter-capelet-with-armholes/2009/10/20/

    --Anne

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  29. i totally want one for myself!

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  30. That is adorable! My daughter loves a cape too - I should give it a try.

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  31. Perfect!! I've been thinking of making my daughter a cape for this winter. (She refuses to wear her coat in the car...and all the on and off with the coat drives me crazy). I'm thinking I could even use a little velcro instead of ties down the front to make it super easy on and off. That will require a tiny bit of sewing, but that's not bad. Oh, I'm so excited, I want to run to the store for some fleece right now.

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  32. That is so adorable! I love your blog, you have such an eye for make things beautiful. Great job!

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  33. I am DYING! I will totally have to try this. Bravo!

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  34. OMG this is so a-d-o-r-a-b-l-e and cute i love you blog and my 2 year toddler 2 :P

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  35. My girls will LOVE these. Thanks for sharing. Your daughter is adorable!

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  36. Oh my goodness this is adorable!!!

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  37. I love this! thank you sooooooo much for sharing! Can't wait to make somethin' similar for my li'l princesses :)

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  38. Well my goodness, you were thinking. I consider myself pretty creative, but there's no WAY I could've come up with that! You truly are thinking outside the box!

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  39. So fun and so pretty! Thanks for sharing! :)

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  40. Thank you so much for this tutorial. It's very timely, much needed, and it looks simple to make. Thank you again for sharing.

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  41. This is awesome and your daughter is absolutely beautiful!

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  42. I can't tell you how timely this post is. My daughter is going to be a black & white fairy (because we can repurpose last year's black & silver ballet tutu), and for extra warmth & cuteness, I found some white striped minky that I thought would be cute as a capelet. Can't wait to give this a try!

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  43. I love that! Great creativity. :)

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  44. I love this idea! I can't sew a lick (actually NEVER touched a machine) but my daughter is going to be cinderella for halloween & I'm going to be her fairy godmother. I need a cape for my costume so I think I might try this but... I'll start small & make 1 for her costume first. She'll probably need a little coat over her dress & this way I can make sure it matches perfectly!

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  45. I am in love with this! I need to have a baby girl so I can make this! I just don't think I can wait that long. Lucky niece, you get all the good stuff!

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  46. OH my goodness, my daughter is TOTALLY getting one of these for our Christmas photos! Beautiful and seemingly easy to do. Thanks for the tutorial! Do you mind it I link back to it from my blog?

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  47. I just wanted you to know I linked this to my post today. I am going to follow you and I hope you will do the same.

    Cheri

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  48. Wow! I am blown away by all of your amazing designs and creativity! And your craft room post cracked me up because that is EXACTLY the state of my craft room right now! :)

    I am definately filing this cute idea away at thecraftersfilebox.blogspot.com. Thank you so much for sharing! Can't wait to see what you will do next! :)

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  49. You just made my night! My DD4 is going to FLIP when I show her we can make these!

    Awesome...thanks so much for sharing

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  50. So very cute! I'm going to have to remember this when life slows down. Wait, it's not going to slow down. Okay, I'm going to remember this the next time I see fleece on sale. I just love this!

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  51. This is so gorgeous! Thank you for the inspiration and tutorial. I think I may have to try making one for myself : )

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  52. I'd like to make 1 for myself... but with a hood. Anybody have some ideas on how to make & attach a hood? Maybe I could just use the ribbon that connects the 2 pieces of the cape to add on a hood too? I'm not very crafty but I'm trying my hand at these sorts of things. Thanks!

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  53. Oh wow, I really love this! I can't believe it's no-sew! I'm going to try this. :-) Thanks so much for sharing!

    I added it to my Creative Mamas Monday blog hop. :-)

    http://kindredspiritreviews.blogspot.com/2009/10/how-to-make-flower-clips-creative-mamas.html

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  54. This made the perfect witches cape for my daughters halloween costume! Thanks for sharing.

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  55. This is STUNNING! You are so insanely talented! I can't wait to try this when my baby is a little older.

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  56. Hey there! I just finished making this cape and although it turned out in the end, it took quite a bit of fiddling to figure out how exactly you did things. Most of the trouble I had was with figuring out how you folded the top part of the cape (it was hard to see in the picture) and then with how many holes to cut along the length of everything. But now that I figured it out, this cape will be super easy to make in the future! Thanks so much for sharing!

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  57. I just made this wonderful cape. It looks so comfy on my angel. If I can pass on any advice to anyone...don't buy a contrasting ribbon, buy one that blends in. Other than that it looks great...I made a bow to match with the scraps!

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  58. oh wow! i just love love LOVE this. i want to try it tonight!

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  59. I made one for my daughter and then one for her Barbie and one for her Fancy Nancy doll. I posted the doll's outfits on my blog this morning: http://katydiddys.blogspot.com/2009/11/no-sew-capes.html

    Thanks for the great tutorial!

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  60. Daisy I came here from an italian post..and as soon as i finish my first hand made dress for my baby , I will try with your idea!!! fantastic!!!

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  61. So, I have seen so many on the You Tried it button.. i must try it.. I'm going to make matching ones for my 6mo old and almost 6 year old daughters! can't wait!! :) wish me luck! pictures to come... thanks for all your wonderful inspiration!! :)

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  62. cna this be made for an adult

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  63. Stumbled acrossed your blog a few days ago, it has me mezmorized, after putting 5 things in my favorite and to do list, I decided it was time to "follow" love your creations!!!

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  64. yes you may use the photo of my flutter cape for your "tried it section" I would be honored!

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  65. great project! for lots more no-sew fleece ideas check out my blog
    http://www.creativejewishmom.com
    under the category crafts:fleece!

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  66. HI - I made this and blogged about it on my brand new little craft blog. Thanks for a great tutorial!

    http://tocraftortocook.blogspot.com/2010/01/no-sew-capeponcho.html

    Anissa

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  67. thank u. u are simply amazing!!!!!

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  68. Oh gracious! I'm going to make one for myself!!!

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  69. I love this cape and was wanting to make it for my nieces, but your measurements seem so huge to me. Are you sure these are the measurements?? A normal 2T is about 21 inches, so 36 seems just gigantic! If you could help me out with these measurements I would really appreciate it. Thanks.

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  70. PDX: Yes, those measurements are correct. My daughter was a small 2T when I made this. You're more than welcome to adjust it though if you think you'll need to! :o)

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  71. This is such a fantastic idea. I bookmarked this months ago for myself [A sixteen year old girl :) ] and came back to it because I decided to make it for my LALALOOPSY! This is such a simple tutorial so it's perfect for a quick doll coat to make in your spare time. Thank you so much! <3

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  72. Okay, this is beyond fantastic. I am going to try and make a grown up version to!

    Thanks!

    J

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  73. I sewed a hood to the top shoulder part, and make a Little Red Riding Hood cape out of this :) Thanks! I also sewed down the top of the pleats because it stayed in place a lot better that way :)

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